Friday, 17 August, 2018

China hacked sensitive US Navy undersea warfare plans

WashPost: Chinese Hackers Steal Secret Navy Submarines Data U.S. Navy contractor hacked by China government; plans for anti-ship missile stolen
Steven Clarke | 09 June, 2018, 05:59

The Chinese hackers stole data pertaining to submarine warfare that included secret plans to build a supersonic antiship missile the USA military planned to install on American subs, according to officials.

The breaches took place in January and February, the officials told the Post, speaking on condition of anonymity about an ongoing investigation led by the Navy and assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"It would be inappropriate to discuss further details at this time", he added.

Much of the stolen material was linked to a secret project called Sea Dragon and included signals and sensor data, and submarine radio room information relating to cryptographic systems, according to the newspaper.

The Post "agreed to withhold certain details about the compromised missile project at the request of the Navy, which argued that their release could harm national security".

The "highly sensitive data" was held by the contractor in a network of unclassified information, triggering concerns about possibly lax policing of contractor security protections, according to the Post.

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Government experts were said to have compromised the computers of a U.S. navy contractor, giving them access to the information, according to the Washington Post, citing unnamed American officials.

The breach is part of Beijing's long-time effort to steal technological secrets from the United States as it seeks to blunt Washington's influence in the east Pacific and dominate the region.

'They are completely focused on getting advanced weapons technology through all kinds of means.

The Pentagon has spent more than $300 million since 2015 on the Sea Dragon project, which involves adapting current Navy technology for new uses. This data can provide a valuable insight into the distance that USA submarines may be able to detect their Chinese adversaries.

On Friday, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis ordered a review into possible cybersecurity issues relating to the contractor, CBS News reports, citing the Pentagon inspector general's office.

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